A sizeable majority of Computer Hardware Engineers in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $76K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $29K and $25K, respectively — total cash payment to Computer Hardware Engineers can bottom out near $42K or peak near $127K depending on individual performance. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the company, but years of experience and geographic location are influential factors as well. Most enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. For the most part, Computer Hardware Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$48,776 - $125,764
$49K
$76K
$130K
MEDIAN: $75,524
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$14.79 - $40.85
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,776 - $125,764  
   
Bonus
$98.63 - $29,087  
Profit Sharing
$0.93 - $25,168  
Total Pay (?
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$41,772 - $126,719  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 276
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.79 - $40.85  
   
Hourly Tips
$4.56  
Overtime
$20.13 - $59.60  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$98.63 - $29,087  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.93 - $25,168  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$41,772 - $126,719  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 46

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Job Description for Computer Hardware Engineer

Computer hardware engineers develop computer hardware and systems, designing products such as computer chips, circuit boards, modems, and printers, among others. They assess the needs of their clients or organization related to computer hardware systems, recommending hardware that will fill that need. Computer hardware engineers create designs for hardware, developing options that include cost estimates and logistical details. During the development process, these engineers analyze and test hardware, helping resolve any problems that arise. Computer hardware engineers must be able to recommend inspections and suggest any modifications that would increase systems' performance. They review systems with colleagues to ensure they meet all relevant specifications and standards.

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Computer Hardware Engineer Tasks

  • Define and coordinate corrective action changes.
  • Write documentation and test specifications.
  • Research, design, develop, and test computer or computer-related equipment.
  • Provide technical support to team members.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Computer Hardware Engineer


Intel Corporation offers the largest salaries in town — $135K on average.

Popular Skills for Computer Hardware Engineer


Computer Hardware Engineers report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with verilog, Board Design / Debug, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 28 percent, 7 percent, and 3 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Java and C++. It is often found that people who know Engineering Design are also skilled in C and C++.

Pay by Experience Level for Computer Hardware Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $65K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $87K. Experienced professionals — those with 10 to 20 years in the field — see salaries in the six-figure territory, securing around $114K on average. Computer Hardware Engineers who have racked up more than two decades of experience report lower incomes overall; the average sum for this crowd comes out to only $105K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $73,155

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Computer Hardware Engineers will find that Los Angeles offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 34 percent. Computer Hardware Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Austin (+23 percent), New York (+22 percent), San Francisco (+16 percent), and San Jose (+9 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Computer Hardware Engineers is geography, with workers in Chicago earning a whopping 32 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Houston and Seattle (26 percent lower and 18 percent lower, respectively).

Computer Hardware Engineer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Computer Hardware Engineer?

Computer Hardware Engineer in Folsom:
"Trying to be agile within a results-oriented culture."
Pros: Flexibility and the smart people I work with; keeps me engaged in helping the group deliver the best products possible to our customers!
Cons: Working in a big company it is hard to feel like you make a big impact.

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Key Stats for Computer Hardware Engineer

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 17 votes.
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Less than 1 year
20%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Computer Hardware Engineer Salaries


Late-Career
up arrow 44%


National Average
$73,000


Skills That Affect Computer Hardware Engineer Salaries

verilog
up arrow 28%

Board Design / Debug
up arrow 7%


Computer Hardware Technician
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C
0%

C programming Language
0%

National Average
$73,000

C++
up arrow 4%

Java
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 17 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
20%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
vision benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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